Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours

A riveting read: “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours” from the New York Times.

But frustrating. It’s basically a story of sad failure after sad failure. Why are bonuses awarded for cutting costs and beating schedules on risky jobs like this? Why did the systems fail? Why did no one press the multitude of big red emergency buttons? Why did BP and Transocean ignore the manufacturer’s advice for regular maintenance of the blowout preventer?

My other thought is something like this: the scale and complexity of the things human’s have engineered and constructed is pretty staggering, and it’s amazing that we concoct these contraptions to battle geologic forces simply to extract an thick liquid that basically propels us around in privately occupied chunks of steel and plastic. So. Much. Effort. Isn’t that some kind of failure on its own?

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